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>>> first lady michelle obama takes a passionate case for her husband's second term. >> and a car crashes. and nasa gives kids a chance to name a piece of cosmic history. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >> we're going to begin this morning with cheerleader in chief. at the democratic national convention in charlotte last night, first lady michelle obama delivered an impassioned speech. tracie potts joins us from charlotte. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. a bit of the back story here, aides say the ideas you heard michelle obama talk about last night were her own, that she knew exactly what she wanted to say in this speech. democrats bring in their heavyweight tonight, former president bill clinton, the only person more popular in a recent gallop poll, michelle obama. she brought democrats to their feet last night with a rousing speech about decisions based on family values. >> in the end for barack, these issues and political, they're personal. heap know what is it means when a family struggles. >> reporter:
today," personal appeal. first lady michelle obama makes a passionate case for her husband's second term. >>> crash course. a car slams into a restaurant on its very first day of business. >>> and out of this world. nasa gives kids a chance to name >>> and out of this world. nasa gives kids a chance to name a piece of cosmic history. captions pd for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation, including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with cheerleader in chief. at the democratic national convention in charlotte last night, first lady michelle obama delivered an impassioned speech designed to both to sway wavering voters and light a fire under the party's base. nbc's tracie potts joins us live from charlotte. she has more on this. tracie, good morning to you. >> lynn, good morning. aids tell us michelle obama was very involved to putting this speech together. it was a fiery start to the convention and we have more coming up tonight. democrats bring in their heavyweight tonight, former president bill clinton. th
. the first lady of the united states, michelle obama, has tonight's most critical job, reminding voters why they liked her husband enough to put him in the white house, and to make the case for giving him another four years. joining us now in our coverage all of this week, anderson cooper, high above the floor. >> our new poll shows why that case is more urgent than ever for the democrat. new numbers on mitt romney's convention bounds. john, what are the numbers? >> anderson, as the democrats open their convention tonight, let's look at that very question. we know governor romney got a one-point bounce out of his convention, not so great, about half what the president got four years ago. not a big bounce. where does that leave us? the democrats' opening night two months from a critical election day. doesn't get any closer than that. 48-48. >> the convention will pay tribute to a champion of health care reform, the late senator edward kennedy, and the woman who stood by his side, vicki kennedy. >> meanwhile, the floor plan is completely different from the republican convention in tampa. sinc
of obama's little sister. i am michelle obama's older brother. any 7-footers out there come give me a call. >> craig and i come from different states. we have had different upbringings. as you can see, we have different perspectives on the world. >> but no matter how different winning seem, we share a set of values are -- how different we may seem, we share is set of values, values that are as important in chicago as they are in honolulu. a willingness to work hard, a commitment to education, and looking out for each other. they are the values of how barack and michele have lived their lives, raise their nieces, and lead this country as president and first lady of the united states. [applause] >> four years ago, at this convention, i spoke with you all about how barack and i did not grow up with much in the wake of wealth. but we were blessed with a mother who taught us that education is the surest path from limited means to limitless opportunity. she inspired me to become a teacher and she inspired barack's deep commitment to giving all our young people the opportunity is our education ga
to be done. >> tonight we heard from the star of the obama family. first lady michelle obama. this hour we will be showing you the big moments, the first speeches and we begin with the first lady. take a look. serving as your first lady is an honor and a privilege. but back when we first came together four years ago, i still had concerns about this journey we'd begun. while i believed deeply in my husband's vision for this country and i was certain he would make an extraordinary president, like any mother, i was worried about what it would mean for our girls if he got that chance. how would we keep them grounded under the glare of the national spotlight. how would they feel being uprooted from their school, their friends and the only home they had ever known. our life before moving to washington was filled with simple joys. saturdays at soccer games, sundays at grand's house and a date night was either dinner or a movie because as an exhausted mom, i couldn't stay awake for both. and the truth is, i loved the life we had built for our girls. and i deeply love the man i had built that life
convention in charlotte last night first lady michelle obama delivered an impassioned speech designed to both sway wavering voters and light a fighter under the party's base. nbc's tracie potts joins us live from charlotte. she has more on this. good morning to you. >> lynn, good morning to you. a bit of backstory. aides say the ideas she talked about last night were her own, that she knew exactly what she wanted to say in this speech. it was a fiery kick-off to this convention, and there's more to come tonight. democrats bring in their heavyweight tonight, former president bill clinton, the only person more popular in a recent gallup poll, michelle obama. she brought democrats to their feet last night with a rousing speech about decisions based on family values. >> in the end, for barack, these issues aren't political. they're personal because barack knows what it means when a family struggles. >> a message aimed at women. >> he believes that women are more capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care. he didn't care whether it was the easy thing to do politically,
to what people are expecting from the first lady michelle obama's speech tonight. >> look, that is part of the reason for the excitement because first of all, have you these people and the configuration as you can see behind me, i'm above the podium which is a really great vantage point. as you can see, people are -- very, few people, very few delegations are actually on the floor. it is a bowl. they are up and around on the sides. that is, i think, making it sound a lot larger, louder, than it actually might be. it is very loud. they are very excited and they are not all here yet. there are a lot of empty seats. typically people are at dinner now but will be here in time for the keynote address. people are excited to hear castro the keynote speaker, but principally this is michelle obama's night. she is already throughout the campaign. they sent sought an e-mail a half hour ago asking people to text and send in $3 donations in advance of her speech. she told ryan seacrest today on his radio show she had not watched ann romney's speech and came here briefly to look at the stage and look
a picture of the president's wife, the first lady, michelle obama taking in the speeches here, she brought the house down with her own speech last night. once again tonight, bob schieffer is with me here in the anchor booth and our campaign 2012 team is down on the floor. bob, getting president clinton here to make this nomination speech tonight wasn't just a matter of asking him. what is the back story? >> no, you know, think about it, bill clinton's wife ran against barack obama four years ago and things have been a bit rocky between them since then. but about a year ago, the obama people began to make a concerted effort to get bill clinton on this stage tonight. it actually began with an invitation to play golf, then there were calls back and forth, he was asked his opinion on strategy and so forth, and so on, and now she here. they need him, because they think he can get through and talk to the pea people where they are weakest and that is white working class voters. >> bill clinton has become the rock star and tonight is going to be bill clinton night. >> in recent gallup polls presid
with republicans. but tonight, first lady michelle obama will try to get her party back on message after they bungled a very simple question. susan mcginnis is at the convention center this morning. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, good morning, terrell. yeah, michelle obama was here yesterday doing an informal rehearsal, a warm-up for tonight, when she will address millions of americans, and democrats hope, help convince them that they are better off than four years ago. the stage has been built, the party platform released, and democrats are ready to kick off their 2012 convention. >> this has been such a historic time, i couldn't imagine not coming. >> reporter: but as the festivities begin, republicans won't let go of the question, are americans better off than they were four years ago? >> the president can say a lot of things, and he will, but he can't tell you that you're better off. >> reporter: the obama team opened the door to the attacks when some, including maryland governor martin o'malley, had trouble answering the question. >> can you honestly say that people ar
wednesday morning, everyone. we begin this wednesday with michelle obama, delivering an impassioned speech on the first night of the democratic national convention. >> the first lady got a rousing reception in charlotte, where she told cheering delegates that the man she knows as a husband and a father, is the man to lead this country for four more years. abc's brandi hitt joins us live from charlotte with the latest. good morning, brandi. >> reporter: michelle obama was the star at the opening night of the democratic national convention. and she revealed personal details about the president as only she could. >> being president doesn't change who you are. no, it reveals who you are. >> reporter: in an emotional speech, first lady michelle obama reminded voters her husband still stands behind working families with every tough decision he makes as president. >> for barack, success isn't about how much money you make. it's about the difference you make in people's lives. >> reporter: president obama and their daughters watched the spee from the white house. while others at the democratic nat
will emphasize the major themes of president obama's reselection campaign captured by firstç lady michele obamaand we'll bailiff you tt with -- bring you that with other speeds. >san antonio mayor julio castro plus other major speeches tonight. on-line you can find our 24 hour live stream coverage events inside and outside the hall. >> ifill: let's get started right down to the floor to ray suarez who will be with us tonight and the rest of the conventions. ray suare. >> suarez: we will hear from senate majority leader harry reid of november and house minority leader nancy pelosi of california. later on there will be video tributes, the first to fermenter president jimmy carter and one to the late senator edward kennedy of massachusetts. and of course much later tonight as judy mentioned, the keynote from the 37 year old mayor of san antonio texas, hoolian julit trocastroand michelle obama, tht lady of the united states. >> woodruff: mark shields and draifd brooks were with us last weak in tampa and they are here with us in charlotte. what does this line up tonight say to you what the de
of san antonio. finally, first lady michelle obama. this of course is not michelle obama as per speech of the national convention. she spoke about her husband four years ago at the democratic convention. her remarks run about 40 minutes. [applause] as you might imagine, for barack, running for president is nothing compared to that first game of basketball with my brother, craig. i can't tell you how much it means to have craig and my mom here tonight. like craig, i can feel my dad looking down on us, just as i've felt his presence in every grace-filled moment of my life. and at six-foot-six, i've often felt like craig was looking down on me, too, literally. but the truth is, both when we were kids and today, craig wasn't looking down on me, he was watching over me. and he has been there for me every step of the way since that clear day, february, 19 months ago, when, with little more than our faith in each other and a hunger for change, we joined my husband, barack obama, on the improbable journey that has led us to this moment. but each of us comes here also by way of our own improbab
, first lady, michelle obama. we'll show you the first lady, and the speeches, take a look. >> serving as your first lady is an honor and a privilege. but back when we first came together four years ago, i still had some concerns about this journey we had started. while i believed deeply in my husband's vision for this country, and i was certain he would make an extraordinary president, like any mother, i was worried about what it would mean for our girls if he got that chance. how will we keep them grounded under the glare of the national spotlight? how would they feel being unrooted from their school, their friends and the only home they had ever known? see, our life before moving to washington was filled with simple joys. saturdays at soccer games. sundays at grandmother's house. and a date night for barack obama and me was either date, dinner or a movie, because i couldn't stay awake for both. and the truth is, i loved the life we had built for our girls. and i deeply loved the man i had built that life with. and i didn't want that to change as he became president. i loved barak ju
will be capped off by michele obama. david walker joins because he the incident last week in tampa. former u.s. general. >> we are in a 70 trillion-dollar hole. we have unfunded pensions and health care. unfunded social security, unfunded medicare. the range of other commitments and contingencies. it is over $70 trillion. neil: which party has the better plan to do that? >> it will be interesting to see how barack obama embraces simpson-bowles or that he hasn't yet, but if he does, that could be a game changer. there is one serious problem in one moderate problem. the series problem is that if you don't effectively deal with health care costs, you don't solve the problem. neil: who better than kathleen sebelius to help you. >> he is a happy beneficiary to bring happy quality health care to every senior citizen. president obama is building on that legacy. by bringing quality and secure health care to every american. obamacare is a badge of honor. because no matter who you are, what stage of life you are in, this law is a good thing. first, if you already have insurance that you like, you can
campaign captured by firstç lady michele obamaand we'll bailiff you tt with -- bring you that with other speeds. >san antonio mayor julio castro plus other major speeches tonight. on-line you can find our 24 hour live stream coverage events inside and outside the hall. >> ifill: let's get started right down to the floor to ray suarez who will be with us tonight and the rest of the conventions. ray suare. >> suarez: we will hear from senate majority leader harry reid of november and house minority leader nancy pelosi of california. later on there will be video tributes, the first to fermenter president jimmy carter and one to the late senator edward kennedy of massachusetts. and of course much later tonight as judy mentioned, the keynote from the 37 year old mayor of san antonio texas, hoolian julit trocastroand michelle obama, tht lady of the united states. >> woodruff: mark shields and draifd brooks were with us last weak in tampa and they are here with us in charlotte. what does this line up tonight say to you what the democrats, what barack obama wants to accomplish
, michelle obama, and the mayor of san antonio are two of the featured speakers at the time warner cable a real not in an uptown charlotte. 400 alternates and 5900 delegates will be at the convention. 50% of the democratic delegates are women. here is the front page of "of the charlotte observer" this morning. -- first page -- front page of "the charlotte observer" this morning. the convention kicks off in at 5:00 p.m. we will go over the schedule in just a few minutes. "voters in the second term undeserved, country is worse off." a belief that president obama does not deserve election according to a new poll. voters say that the nation is in worse condition now than it was in 2008. they say that obama does not deserve reelection. that is the top line of this poll. that seems to be a constant theme in this morning's papers. are you better off? that is the question this morning for the first section of "of the washington journal." are you better off than you were four years ago? for democrats, 202-737-0001. for republicans, 202-737-0002. for independents, 202-628-0205. please allow 30 day
it down. everybody right down somebody? what did you write down? >> michelle obama. >> harmony wrote down -- how many rode down michelle obama? half the group. why? >> her husband has got an army. >> she speaks with fire in her eyes. >> she would be a scary lady when she is mad. >> i would put paul ryan. >> i put michelle obama. i do not think it would take a lot to make her mad if you made her mad. to oprah.hat she did >> who do you want to mediate an argument between you and your spouse? who do you want to mediate between you and your spouse fax -- your spouse? an argument? >> you can we choose? -- who can we choose? >> clinton? how many said ann romney? >> she has a lot of familial experience. >> bill clinton. >> ann romney. >> she has a lot of experience and has been successful. >> let me try this. saturday afternoon, mitt romney has two free hours. no campaign, no anything. what do you think he is doing? with his two free hours? nothing. he has two free hours to himself. what is he doing? >> she is reviewing his investments. -- he is reviewing his investment. >> business related. wha
was good. michelle obama's speech was good. markell rubio's speech -- marco rubio's speech last week was good. going back and forth, trying to decide which way i will leave. i think it will come down to -- you can have a talking point and you can have these things you're going to do and say you are going to do all you want. it will come down to leadership. the bottom line for me as that barack obama had the control congress his first two years, he got nothing but his own way to do what he wanted to do. i am sorry. he rammed everything three. he did it in a matter of fact way and lost respect of his fellow constituents. the last two years with the republicans are getting a bad rep, beating not want to work with someone like that. >> levy dumping in -- let me jump in on that. let's go back to the floor. >> you probably could get a greater distance -- and that it greater distance between guam of florida. we begin with the mayor of riviera speech, florida. your thoughts? >> with the speech president clinton and left side of michelle, we are going to vote for president obama. how can you
convention speeches and maybe not the best convention speech of the week, a distinction michelle obama or president clinton could make. because of realities, the president decided that had to trump soaring rhetoric. >> madam chairwoman, delegates, i accept your nomination for president of the united states. >> reporter: facing the political fight of his life, the 44th president of the united states made the case for his re-election, asking americans to stick with him for another four years despite tough economic times. >> our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met. the path we offer may be harder but it leads to a better place, and i'm asking you to choose that future. >> reporter: four years later the president felt he had to appeal to voters exhausted by the tone of american politics. >> i know campaigns may seem small, even sill sly sometimes. trivial things become big attractions. if you're sick of me approving this message, believe me, so am i. >> reporter: but obama pulled no punches when it came to his republican rival. his references to opponent turned him into a pun
, michelle obama, is already here. she gave one of the big speeches last night at the democratic national convention. we want to hear your calls and reaction to this week's events. here are the numbers to call. even the much of the c-span team is down here in charlotte, to be covered and what is happening in the convention. but go to our first call and hear what donovan have to say on the democratic line from l a >> i just wanted to say, democrats really need to get together in the battleground states and stand up for president obama. i am down here in louisiana, after this hurricane. i have never seen the government act so fast and so incisive on what they want to do to help the people down here. it has been great. even president obama came down, even though the convention is going down, he came down to talk to the people. it is a blessing to see that. the president is really on the people's side out here. in louisiana, that is how we feel. host: will you be watching or listening to the speeches tonight? caller: yes, the power and water just came back on. we will be watching the conventi
. the convention starts tuesday. we will hear from first lady michelle obama. on wednesday, elizabeth warren will appear. and former president bill clinton. and, of course, the president and vice president on thursday. let's take a look at the floor here for a moment. >> in a report from fox news, the stage alone at last week's republican convention cost $20 million. the democrats have spent $7 million here at the time warner cable arena where the speakers are going to be surrounded on three sides by the audience. also different from the republican production, the democratic convention has multiple official sites. we'll be taking you to the time warner cable arena and the bank of america stadium. take a look outside of the stadium. activists are planning for bigger protests here than we saw during the republican convention in tampa. as reuters reports, the protests that were planned for the republican convention never really materialized, partly because of tropical storm isaac. but activists say they expect a stronger showing in charlotte. let's listen in. >> our goal is to unite groups from
's sister. he is michelle obama's brother. >> from the great state of hawaii, i'm maya soetoro, an educator, mother of two and proud to be barack obama's little sister. [cheering and applause] >> i'm craig robinson, michelle obama's big brother, father of four and head coach of oregon state university's men's basketball team. any seven footers out there, give me a call. >> craig and i come from different states. we've had different upbringings and, as you can see, we have different perspectives on the world. >> but no matter how different we may seem, we share a set of values our parents gave us. values the same in chicago as they are in honolulu. a willingness to work hard, a commitment to education and the responsibility to look out for each other. they're the values at the core of how barack and michelle have lived their lives, raised our nieces and led this country as president and first lady of the united states. >> four years ago at this convention, i spoke with you all about how barack and i didn't grow up with much in the way of wealth, but we were blessed with a mother who taught u
sense to marry michelle obama. [cheers and applause] i want barack obama to be the next president of the united states, and i proudly nominate him to be the standard bearer of the democratic party. [applause] >> "washington journal" contines. ues. host: a live picture of the time warner cable the arena. our program will begin at 3:00 eastern time from the floor of the convention hall. president obama and vice president biden will accept their parties' nominations tonight. gavel-to-gavel coverage on c- span. meanwhile, we're joined by david wagner, a charlotte anchor, wcnc tv. what do you think about having the convention in your home town? guest: this is great. i think this is something that some never expected. this is the biggest convention that charlotte has ever posted. some people really did not know what to expect. i still think a lot of folks from the charlotte area it may have not had the chance to get down here and experience this. some were a little bit scared away that perhaps traffic would be so bad and businesses would be shut down, and to be honest, after having, fro
impassioned plea. first lady michelle obama delivers a rousing speech at the democratic national convention. reaching out to women, she gets emotional as she talks about her family. >> my daughters are still the heart of my heart and the center of my world. >> savannah has reaction live from charlotte. >>> scary moments. the newly elected premier of quebec rushed off stage as masked gunman opens fire at a victory rally. this morning at least one person dead, the shooter is under arrest and police are looking for a motive. >>> tennis, anyone? pippa middleton checks out the action at the u.s. open. a trip to new york city that has some wondering if she has a new man in her life today, some wondering if she has a new man in her life today, wednesday, september 5th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to a split edition of "today" on wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm savannah guthrie at the democratic national convention in charlotte. matt, i was on this floor last night when michelle obama spoke. at times she was fiery.
it was fascinating about the interview was that the ladies suggested michelle obama would be a great public officer. i agree. >> she said, you know, i don't have the patience for something look that. >> she certainly knows herself. >> she certainly knows herself. her husband knows her as well. he pointed that out. >> she was not offended in the least. she said "yep, i don't have the patience." you never know, never say never, right. >> that's true. and he says he certainly intends to stay in the white house for the next four years, but he would like to work with children after his presidency. i thought that was fascinating. >> after all the high pressure situation he's faced. good for him. wouldn't that be a nice change of pace. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton in new york for the u.n. general assembly speaking about the anti-american uprisings in the middle east. secretary clinton urging muslims to show what she calls dignity and not result to violence over the film that makes fun of prophet muhammad. she met with the leaders of afghanistan, pakistan, libya, and egypt. >>> the leader of iran
with the prime time speech from first lady michelle obama. we're here live. >>> republican vice presidential nominee paul ryan joins us to talk about where he thinks the presidential race is headed and chris sichl that he played fast and loose with the truth. >>> out and about. the prince makes his first public appearance since those naked las vegas pictures surfaced and poked fun at himself. but it was a cheeky 6-year-old who nearly stole the show. >>> the gentle giant, michael clarke duncan, oscar nominated star of "the green mile" died after a heart attack. tributes are pouring in from some of hollywood's biggest names today, tuesday, some of hollywood's biggest names today, tuesday, september 4th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" tuesday morning, i'm savannah guthrie in charlotte, north carolina. >> i'm matt lauer in new york. savannah, republicans had their moment in the spotlight last week. starting today, down there in charlotte, the democrats will try to grab some of that spotlight for themselves. >> that's right. this conve
michelle obama. wednesday, elizabeth warren and former president bill clinton. thursday, vice president joe biden and president barack obama. use our convention have to make an share video clips. >> in the end, that is what this election is about. do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or to participate in a politics of hope? john kerry called on us to hope. john edwards calls on us to hope. i am not talking about blind optimism, the almost willful ignorance that thinks unemployment will go away if you do not think about it, or our health care crisis will solve itself if we ignore it. i am talking about something more substantial. >> connect with other c-span viewers with twitter and google hangouts/ c-span.org/campaign2012. >> the british house of commons returns from its summer recess this week. you can see prime minister's questions live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span 2, and again at 9:00 p.m. eastern and pacific time. >> next, vice president biden on the campaign trail in green bay, wisconsin. he pointed out differences between the obama administration policy on taxes, medicare, a
emanuel, mayor julian castro, michelle obama, and most potently, bill clinton. if they send these people home, the obama people are blowing a golden opportunity. if they equip them, commission them, engage with them and send them on the road, they will have a team of confederates that will constitute the greatest partisan cavalry charge in history. joining me right now is eugene robinson of "the washington post," pulitzer price winning columnist, and the indefatiguable steve smith, who stays true to his party surrounded by all kinds of hostile forces. thank you, steve smith. i want to start with gene and then to steve quickly. what has to be different in the president's speech tonight, which we're told is going to be relatively brief, compared to the great speech he gave in 2004 and again in 2004. >> i don't think he can be just poetry. i don't think he can be just hope and change. for obvious reasons. so i think it has to be more specific than that. i do think it has to be forward looking. i don't think a whole lot of this is the mess george bush left us in is going to play right now. i
-span.org. featured speakers include first lady michelle obama and the mayor of san antonio. elizabeth warren and bill clinton. thursday, vice president joe biden and president barack obama. use our convention hub to make and share video clips. >> this november, the torch will be passed again to a nope -- a new generation of americans. with barack obama and for you and for me, our country will be committed to his cause. the work begins a new -- anew. the hope rises again. and the dream lives on. >> share your opinions. >> hi. my name is dawn. i am here because i am supporting a visionary, inclusive america. >> hi, i'm jeff from vermont. in supporting president obama because i believe we all need to make an investment in america. >> hello. my name is diane. i am a delegate from south carolina. my main purpose for this week is to reelect president obama because i know president obama cares about us. >> and connect with other c-span viewers on a twitter and google plus. >> it is a warm, rainy day in charlotte, n.c. c-span cameras capturing the scene on the ground during carolinafest. delegates can expect
the convention on tuesday night you had michelle obama reintroduce the president as a husband and loving father. then you had big dawg bill clinton come out and present his record and then president obama came out and laid out his vision. i have one pundit correction to make. i predicted that john kerry giving a speech would be a mistake. i was totally wrong. he nailed it too and fulfilled his role as well. >> cenk: absolutely. senator kerry's speech was in some ways devastating. we'll get to that. and let me add what i got wrong. i didn't think the president would take on climate change, and he did. it's not a joke and it was great to see. nancy, they wanted to build on their lead with women voters. do you think they did a great job doing that? >> absolutely. they knocked it out of the park. after watching the last two weeks of the convention we know what this is about, it's the vagina stupid. this is another year of the women but with a twist. never have we seen this kind of--this issue this fundamental issue for women about our freedom to decide when and if we have kids the control over our
and will fight for them. leaders like president and michelle obama, and vice president and dr. biden, the strongest advocates our military families could ever have. the democratic women of the house will honor the service and sacrifice of our troops to move america forward. aloha. [cheers and applause] >> i am running for congress in the great state of ohio to move america forward. moving america forward means higher education that is affordable and prepares our young people to lead in the 21st century a economy. moving america forward means affordable health care and equal pay for equal work. [applause] to unleash the power of moms in the economy, this means affordable, quality child care. we will move america forward on behalf of view, your families and community, your aspirations. your hopes for your children. that is because america's success is dependent on the success of women, women in education, women in business, women in the military and public service. women will lead us to victory for a strong, democratic majority in congress. [applause] and to reelect vice president joe
. this has huge political implications as it comes after first lady michelle obama speaks to the dnc. there is a huge economic warning signal being made here. number one, $16 trillion worth of debt which means we owe more than our economy produces in any one year. our debt is bigger than our economy. secondly, we're now going to be paying close to $10 billion a week in interest alone. about a half trillion a year. 10 billion a week. up from nine billion last year. and about a quarter of that interest will be paid to foreigners. it will go out of the country. japan, china, britain, they're the three major holders of our debt. they all get about a quarter of all of this interest that is flowing and it will flow out of the country. so political impact, and a big economic danger signal too, martha. martha: we know, it was a huge focus of the rnc last week in tampa. big debt clock that loomed over the proceedings there. you simply don't hear much though about the debt from president obama. do you expect we'll hear hear anything about it at all this week? >> very little because it is a big
sent out the first lady, michelle obama campaigning as hard as he is. she was down in greenville, north carolina, yesterday. first of all saying it's forward, not backward. >> we're going to turn around and go back to the same politics that got us into the hole in the first place? are we going to just sit back and watch everything we've worked for and fought for to just slip away? >> no! >> bill: she's a good campaigner. >> she's a good campaigner and she's in fine fetel. she really is. she is fighting for this gig. >> bill: that speech that she gave in charlotte -- >> it was really, really powerful! >> bill: very much. >> finest thing she's ever done. >> bill: remember in 2008, she was reluctant to join the battle. now she's a happy warrior out there. >> you almost think she likes her job. >> bill: a big asset i think. >> huge asset. her approval ratings are sky high. far higher than his which are not bad. but she's incredibly popular. incredibly popular. with everybody i think really except with the
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